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The required courses in chemistry normally completed by the end of the third year are CHEM113, 114, 225, 226, 331, and 332. Concentrators are also required to take CHEM 355 (eight semester hours), to participate in departmental seminars, and to elect at least eight semester hours from among CHEM 327, 341, 343, 345, 346, 347, and 348.
Chemistry concentrators, after declaring their concentration, select one of the individual laboratory bench-study spaces in Science Center Room 430, where they carry out much of the rest of their work in chemistry. Grants to Simmons have provided the department with instrumentation beyond the scope of that usually available at undergraduate colleges.
Major in Chemistry
Facilities and Prerequisites
After declaring a major in chemistry, students select one of the individual laboratory study/bench spaces in S430, where they carry out much of the rest of their work in chemistry. Grants to Simmons have provided the department with instrumentation beyond the scope usually available at undergraduate colleges. Students considering a major in chemistry should take CHEM 113 and 114 during their first year. In some cases, students with little or no previous high school background may be advised to take CHEM 111 instead of 113. MATH 101 or 102 will be recommended by advisors for students in chemistry who may need to review basic mathematical concepts. By the middle of the junior year, students should have taken MATH 220 and PHYS 112 and 113.
Graduate School Preparation
The American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests a set of standards that it believes will prepare students for graduate study. To meet these standards, the student's program must include CHEM 345 or CHEM 223 plus two additional 300-level electives chosen from CHEM 341, CHEM 343, CHEM 346, CHEM 347, or CHEM 348. Certification that the student's curricular program has met the ACS standards is not required for any career or graduate study; the standards are only a guide in planning a program that will make graduate study easier.